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In response to the "Sad swimming" post

Maybe I missed something, but I really only saw 1 or 2 negative posts by people (or 1 or two negative people)... but let me start by saying: THANK YOU for that post... it was nice to hear from another insider, and one who seems to be more "inside" than I am.

With that said, let me say that the fact that there were a few negative posts SHOULD not detract from the good things accomplished or discourage any of the current swimmers. I hate to compare this to basketball or football, but imagine if current NCAA basketball or football players read the message boards on compare that to what our team sees on (the national enquirer of swimming).... By no means am I defending the words of anyones post... but think about what someone like Grayson Allen has to deal with and not only what people post about him, but chant at him or write about him on signs in person at games. Yes he is an extreme case, I only bring his name up because he is really no different than one of our higher level guys as far as same age and same ability. (yes he did things to tick people off and anger people, but if a swimmer did those thing, it would NEVER be on ESPN and other schools would NEVER know.) Just imagine a random guy from the team being harassed the way he is on the road...

Yes it is a different sport but should we really treat them any differently?

Okay, with that rant over, I would like to talk about swimming only....

I love where our sprint program is headed, the only issue is that it will continue to put ACCs as a distant 2nd to our NCAA finish (as a priority) as we are guaranteed relay points at ACCs (barring DQs) but helps us get the relay points at NCAAs.

I am completely fine with this as winning ACCs would be a LOT harder than finishing 6th, 7th, 8th or 10th even at NCAAs, and honestly looks better than finishing runner up at ACCs.

With that said, our team is on the right path to achieve this.

A few years ago, we ran into a problem. That problem, more or less, was to try and figure out how to keep the streak alive, or do better at NCAA's. I strongly feel that we (as a whole conference - ACC) will have to make a choice to win conference at ACC's or "win" the conference at "NCAAs"

I think our women, knowingly or unknowingly made the choice this year to "win" the conference at NCAAs. NCSt men did not have to do that this year as they were that far ahead of everyone they could rest most and hold back some (although I think Held not shaving his beard was just mental and he still wont beat Dressel or go any faster at NCAAs).

Anyways, after all of this rambling (which I know it has been a lot of rambling) I think that we can either focus on being a complete team (ie higher conference finish) or a high end team (ie higher NCAA finish). The difference is that we take our 9.9 scholarships and offer full rides to the 10 fastest 50/100 free guys in HS, then the fastest 2-5 1back guys, fastest 2-5 1Fly guys, fastest 2-5 1Breast guys and fastest 4 guys in the 2Free... and see which ones we get. .......... If we land a few with full rides, then we could easily get top 10 or top 7 at NCAA's.... but would finish 6th or 7th in a best case scenario at ACCs.

Or we can recruit across the board, load up on 200 stroke guys, distance guys and grab a few sprinters to fill in 2 or 3 spots on each relay, and fill in the rest with other guys, and go for 2nd or 3rd at ACCs and maybe a top-20 finish at NCAAs. Because remember, we are guaranteed 170 points from relays at ACCs (assuming we beat BC and dont DQ).

I promise this is my bottom line... I love where our program is headed and we are doing what is necessary to finish higher at NCAAs and thus attract and keep the higher level recruits, especially the ones from the east coast. Just give it 1 or 2 more years to really see that, and the proof is in how our 1st and 2nd years preformed this year.

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 1:56PM


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In response to the "Sad swimming" post -- SipSip 03/06/2017 1:56PM

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